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IFK Göteborg looks to lock up Mix Diskerud

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The former star’s stay in Sweden may become permanent.

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It’s been a long time since Mix Diskerud has been a talking point in the Big Apple. Highly touted, he received an extremely lucrative contract with the newly formed New York City FC and scored the team’s first-ever regular season goal against Orlando City in 2015. However, Diskerud’s career took a nosedive into obscurity, as he lost favor with both Patrick Vieira and the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2016 following a slew of lackluster performances.

With a plethora of new midfielders — including Maxi Moralez, Yangel Herrera, and Alex Ring — in addition to retaining others like Tommy McNamara and Mikey Lopez, NYCFC bought out Diskerud’s contract in 2017 before loaning him to Swedish club IFK Göteborg, where he was required to stay until the summer. When the initial loan period came to an end, Göteborg then extended Diskerud’s stay through the remainder of 2017.

Now Göteborg is looking to make the stay practically permanent.

In a report by FotbollTransfers.com, Mats Gren, Göteborg’s sporting director, says (in Swedish) that the club is looking to officially purchase Diskerud from New York City:

I'm talking to [NYCFC] and we'll talk again. It will be a little more difficult with the rules there and so, but we will see how willing they are to write a longer deal because we are not so interested in short-term contracts now that we [are rebuilding].

Due to Diskerud’s absolutely ludicrous contract with NYCFC — his 2016 salary was more than $750,000 — it’s only natural that the Bronx Blues will have a high asking price for the Norwegian-born midfielder. Any profits from such a move could prove invaluable as the squad retools heading into 2018.